CNEWS Convergence News Network reporter Chen Junkai/Reporting from Taipei
It’s the end of November and local dengue fever cases are still exploding! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today (21st) that there were 1,032 new local cases of dengue fever in the country last week, bringing the number of local cases this year to officially exceed 24,287; and last week, Tainan City and Kaohsiung City each had one new death. The cases were all male, aged in their 60s and 80s, and had underlying medical conditions. Among them, the person whose condition worsened the most quickly died unfortunately just 2 days after the onset of the disease.
Director of the CDC Guo Hongwei pointed out that from November 14 to November 20, there were 1,032 new local cases of dengue fever in the country. The cases lived in Tainan City (603 cases), Kaohsiung City (348 cases), Pingtung County (27 cases), Chiayi County (20 cases), Yunlin County (17 cases), New Taipei City (5 cases), Taichung City (4 cases), Taoyuan City and Taitung County (2 cases each), Miaoli County, Changhua County, Chiayi City and Penghu County (1 case each); age ranges from under 10 to over 90 years old, of which 555 are male and 477 are female, with onset dates ranging from November 1 to November 20.
There were 4 new local severe cases and 2 deaths in the country last week. The fatal cases unfortunately passed away due to deterioration of their condition within 2 to 14 days after onset.
Guo Hongwei analyzed that the overall epidemic situation of dengue fever in China has shown a downward trend. However, it should be noted that the epidemic situation is rising in some counties and cities. Since the number of cases is still high and the temperature is suitable for the growth of vector mosquitoes, the risk of epidemic spread is assessed to continue, and subsequent epidemics must be closely observed. developing.
According to statistics from the CDC, as of November 20 this year, there have been a total of 24,287 local cases, with 20,686 cases distributed in Tainan City, 2,098 cases in Kaohsiung City, 687 cases in Yunlin County, 288 cases in Pingtung County, and 188 cases in Chiayi County. Examples include 96 cases in New Taipei City, 54 cases in Taichung City, 47 cases in Taipei City, 38 cases in Taoyuan City, 27 cases in Chiayi City, 19 cases in Hsinchu City, 16 cases in Changhua County, 14 cases in Hsinchu County, 11 cases in Nantou County, and 6 cases in Yilan County There were 4 cases in Miaoli County, 3 cases each in Taitung County and Penghu County, and 2 cases in Keelung City. The number of cases was the second highest in the same period in the past 10 years.
Guo Hongwei said that among the current dengue fever cases, 37% are over 60 years old, which is higher than the cumulative number of cases over 60 years old from 2014 to 2022 (26%). This year, there have been a total of 124 local severe cases, ranging in age from under 10 to under. From 10 years old to over 90 years old, there are 99 cases in Tainan City, 15 cases in Yunlin County, 8 cases in Kaohsiung City, and 2 cases in Pingtung County, and a total of 52 deaths; those who have been infected with dengue fever, the elderly and high-risk groups must Continue to pay attention to warning signs of serious illness and signs of bleeding.
The Department of Disease Control and Prevention reminds that due to the recent northeast monsoon, the temperature difference between day and night in various places is large and there is a possibility of brief rains. The daytime temperature is still suitable for the growth and activities of Aedes mosquitoes. The public is requested to keep warm and maintain indoor air circulation, and continue to cooperate with the government in implementing prevention and control work. , implement “inspection, emptying, cleaning and brushing” to reduce the breeding of vector mosquitoes and preserve the results of epidemic prevention; and implement personal anti-mosquito measures to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes. If you develop fever, headache, posterior orbital pain, muscle and joint pain and other suspected symptoms, be sure to seek medical treatment as soon as possible and inform the doctor of your travel and activity history.
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